Architecture lecturer collects award for 'Environmental House'

Published: 3 May 2007 at 15:39

Architectural practitioner from Southend is recognised for technical excellence.

Richard Longstaff, a Chartered Architectural Technologist, who is Director of Longstaff Associates and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of the Built Environment at Anglia Ruskin University, has been awarded a major architectural industry award.

The Alan King Prize, from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, was awarded to Richard for ‘technical excellence in architectural technology’ for his team’s achievement on a project in Danbury.

The project, called Environmental House, began via an introduction by Richard’s colleague and mentor, Gil Lewis, also of Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Science and Technology. The concept was an exercise in sustainable development that led to the development of an innovative pin-joint connection, which has since been patented.

The judges were very impressed with this clever sustainable design project. They felt that the whole project was refreshing in its holistic approach. The scheme has many future applications and the combination of low impact design at the same time as creation of an attractive property is of merit. The judges were impressed with the use of materials, consideration for the construction process and the simplicity of the innovative technological design of this project.

Speaking after collecting the award Richard said:

“Having grown up in the Thames Gateway, I try to encourage students to understand more about sustainable design, urban regeneration and the renaissance of our communities. I hope to apply the many lessons I have learned from working on major projects in the UK and Europe to influence the future of architectural design and construction”.

His colleague Gil Lewis added:

"Richard is a dynamic young architectural practitioner who thrives on the balance between his work in commercial practice and his academic career at Anglia Ruskin. He aims to apply his knowledge and creative talent to furthering sustainable regeneration across the UK."

This award adds to his practice’s growing collection of honours which include a prestigious RIBA award for his concept for the new Southend Pier. He has previously won praise for the design of the Paparazzi restaurant in Westcliff-on-Sea and worked on the MI5 Intelligence headquarters in London, One Canada Square at Canary Wharf and Birmingham’s regenerated city centre.